Religious Education

Religious Education Subject Leader: Miss L Edwards


At Halling Primary School we believe that RE has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual,  moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils and in helping them to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others. This enables pupils to be better equipped to cope with the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. To promote the ideas of our school vision we believe that education in RE should be a child-centred, exciting journey.  Children will learn to understand the world and their place in it, know that all members of the school community show respect and tolerance for others and develop a more informed cultural awareness.  Children will have the opportunity to reflect and develop their spiritual awareness through a variety of activities and philosophical discussions.

re lesson learning about judaism
pupils making stained glass windows in re lesson


Structuring our learning around the Quigley curriculum helps children to:

  • Acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions represented in Great Britain: Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
  • Develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals,  communities, societies and cultures.
  • Develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues,  with reference to the teachings of the principal religions represented in Great Britain.
  • Develop a positive attitude towards other people, respecting their right to hold beliefs that are different to their own.

Enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development by:

  • Developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and of how religious teaching can relate to them.
  • Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, and to their own understanding and experience.
  • Reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experience in the light of their study.
  • Cross-curricular links can be made with a range of other curriculum areas perhaps notably English, Drama, Music, History, Geography and assemblies.


As a result, skills such as observing, questioning, discussing, evaluating and reflecting are encouraged in RE  as with many parts of the curriculum help children develop into more measured and enlightened individuals. Sensitivity to others and a readiness to listen to others’ viewpoints are strongly encouraged.  Children in the school show respect for others’ rights to their own values and beliefs.  They can use appropriate strategies for managing influence and are encouraged to take positive risks.  They are developing as aspiration individuals who are confident to set their own goals for success.

re lesson learning about islam

Religious Education in Each Stage

Religious Education learning starts in EYFS and by the end of this key stage, children will have had the opportunity to:

  • Think about the perspectives of others.
  • See themselves as valuable individual.
  • Talk about members of their immediate family and community.
  • Name and describe people who are familiar to them.
  • Understand that some places are special to members of their community.
  • Recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.
  • Show sensitivity to their own and others’ needs.
  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.
  • Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
pupils helping each other to read in eyfs

By the end of Key Stage One, children will have had the opportunity to:

  • Study the main stories of Christianity.
  • Study at least one other religion. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism.
  • Study other religions of interest to pupils.
re lesson designing easter eggs

By the end of Key Stage Two, children will have had the opportunity to:

  • Study the beliefs, festivals and celebrations of Christianity.
  • Study at least two other religions in depth. Choose from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism.
  • Study three of the major six religions not studied in depth in order to gain a brief outline.
  • Study other religions of interest to pupils
pupils learning about Islam in re lessons

Religious Education Progression


At Halling Primary School, we follow the Chris Quigley ‘Essentials’ Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives, standards, and progress measures that are required for all subjects.

Across the curriculum for Years 1-6, learning will be grouped into three Milestones:

  • Throughout Y1 and Y2, children will be assessed on the concepts contained in Milestone 1.
  • During Y3 and Y4, all children will be assessed on the concepts contained in Milestone 2.
  • Finally, in Y5 and Y6 all children will be assessed on Milestone 3. 

During each term, we will continuously assess the depth of children’s understanding within that term’s Milestone 

SEND Information

The school believes that it is important for all children to have access to opportunities for spiritual development and awareness and for understanding great religious traditions. RE is taught at a level appropriate to the age, ability and experience of the pupils and is therefore accessible to all.

Religious Education Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of RE for more information.